Noah Schnapp was “shocked” to learn what the main ingredient in Nutella is.
TBH (To Be Honest), a vegan alternative to the beloved hazelnut cocoa spread, is being promoted by the “Stranger Things” star. In an email to Page Six, the actor expressed his disappointment that Nutella’s main ingredient is reportedly sugar.
Schnapp, 18, said:
“Hazelnuts aren’t the main ingredient, and the amount of sugar alone made me realize I wasn’t doing myself any favors.”
Schnapp also criticized the use of palm oil in the product, telling Page Six that it “is responsible for mass deforestation,” which he “couldn’t support.”
According to Mic.com, a 13-ounce jar of Nutella contains approximately 210 grams of sugar, based on its nutrition label, which states that each two-tablespoon serving contains 21 grams of sugar.
According to registered dietitian Caroline Passarrello, “Nutella is 55% sugar by weight.”
According to WWF, palm oil is a:
“major driver of deforestation…destroying the habitats of already endangered species like the Orangutan, pygmy elephant and Sumatran rhino.”
The New York-born actor is now urging people to replace Nutella with a healthier alternative.
He started a crowdfunding campaign for TBH, asking people to invest as little as $50 through Republic, a fintech company he co-founded. TBH, according to its website, contains no palm oil, is completely vegan, contains three times more protein, and contains half the sugar.
Schnapp elaborated, noting that not all of Republic’s investments are focused on the environment, as he enjoys “social networks, gaming, and other things”:
“I believe value-aligned investing is more important than focusing only on sustainability because I really believe we can vote with our dollars.”
Schnapp is a Wharton School of Business student majoring in entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania. According to Page Six, he “definitely” sees himself “launching a venture capital fund in the next year.”
Schnapp, who plays Will Byers in the Netflix hit “Stranger Things,” also expressed pride in playing a gay character in the show.
He told the outlet:
“I’ve had a lot of fans express how much they can relate to Will and his journey, which makes me very happy to hear. It has made me so proud that we’re writing this very real character that makes our viewers feel seen.”